“Ah yes. Writing. Life. When? Where? How? That’s the problem. You can have a life or you can do some writing, but not both at once, because although life may be the subject of writing, it is also the enemy.” ~Margaret Atwood
Are you going to the IBPA Publishing University 2022 on April 29-30 at the Renaissance Orlando? Dont miss our FAPA Panel Discussion, featuring Kathryn Hall Knight, Ginger Marks, John Prince and Jane Wood. (I’ll be moderating.) “Opportunities and Obstacles for Small Presses” will discuss the challenges faced by small presses, including the lack of a large staff of editors, illustrators, marketing, and distribution professionals like the big publishing houses do. Yet, there are advantages to being small, nimble and innovative. Their services can be more customized and personal to each author.
Our “Practical Tips for Authors” webinars continue on Thursday, April 7, starring Kathryn Knight sharing her expertise on “Research: The Hunt for ALL the pieces of the Puzzle.”
2022 President’s Book Awards Chairman Bruce Ballister reminds me that the last date for submissions is April 30. Stop procrastinating and upload your book. It could be a winner!
Florida and Authors Association.
Good news! – two FAPA scholarship opportunities are available annually to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in a writing/publishing related field (i.e., English, Graphic Design, Illustration, Book Art, Creative Writing, etc.) Scholarship applicants should submit their complete application packet in a PDF document to the FAPA Scholarship committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1. Applications are available on the website or by emailing email@example.com.
• Two applicants will receive cash awards of $500.
• Complimentary FAPACon2022 and workshop registration
• Complimentary FAPAcon2022 banquet attendance/meals
• Complimentary one-year FAPA student membership
Upcoming Contests & Industry Events
April 9-10 Writers Alliance of Gainesville’s 2022 Sunshine State Book Festival, Gainesville, FL http://www.
April 20-21, Virtual Program, on Attendify; April 29 – 30, In-Person Program: The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) IBPA Publishing University 2022 at Renaissance, Orlando, FL https://www.ibpa-online.org
May 14-2 Longleaf Writers Conference, Santa Rosa Beach, FL https://
May 23-25 The 2022 Annual Florida Library Association Conference: “Libraries: Reset and Reconnect”
at Sawgrass Marriot Golf Resort and Spa, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL https://www.flalib.org
July 7-10 SleuthFest, Deerfield Beach, FL & Boca Raton, FL. http://www.sleuthfest.com
September 21-25 Novelist Inc Conference, TradeWinds Resort, St. Pete Beach, FL https://ninc.com/
The 621 Literary Reading Salon is a space for writers at every stage of their journey to gather, share, and connect. The Salon is hosted by 621 Gallery in Railroad Square, Tallahassee, FL on the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm. http://www.621gallery.org/
Poets & Writers has a well-organized list of conferences and residencies. You can search by event type, state, and admission.
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs has a directory of over 300 conferences, centers, and retreats.
Publishers Weekly keeps a list of key conferences and book fairs, worldwide. The list is ordered chronologically.
Poets & Writers Local is an app that lets you search for conferences near you.
Shaw Guides lists local, regional, national, and international writing conferences. Organized by month.
Writing Day Workshops are full-day “How to Get Published” writing events that happen all around the United States throughout the year.